Is there any such thing as noun pronoun proximity?

I have read of Concord (or noun-verb agreement) and was wondering if, is as I have been told, there is a similar grammar rule for noun-pronoun agreement/proximity. When there’s a sentence where two nouns are given and a pronoun used, to which noun will the pronoun be assigned? Carol visited Mary. Mary is the lady … Read more

Am I right in thinking modern usage of the word “me” is drifting to “I”; Is there an increasing trend?

In reply to suggested duplicate question: It may be that I can find some useful guidance from the earlier Answer (for which thanks), but I’m really asking whether there’s a general trend, particularly in the everyday speech of well-educated people, in misuse of “I” for “me”, rather than explanations of individual instances. Nowadays, people often … Read more

Is the signature of a letter a subject or an object?

I want to sign a letter jokingly not by name, but by a personal pronoun. Is the signature a subject or an object? I feel like using object pronoun (me) sounds better, but why? The signature looks more like a subject to me. Example: Best regards, I or Best regards, me And for more people … Read more

What is the correct way to say “It was this week that Justin and my lives changed forever”?

What is the correct way to indicate “Justin and I” as being possessive of our individual lives in this sentence? Is there a way to do this without restructuring the sentence? A friend of mine posted a Facebook status that said, “It was this week that Justin and my lives changed forever,” in regard to … Read more

Should “it” be used in “There is a table that has a book on (it)”?

Is this sentence grammatically correct?: There is a table that has a book on it. Can I say (or why can’t I say if not?): There is a table that has a book on. Answer There is a table [that has a book on it]. This is a grammatical sentence. The restrictive relative clause [that … Read more

Should it be “you and I” or “you and me” in the song “We are the world”

In the song "We are the world" by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie, there are these lyrics: "We are the world, We are the children We are the ones who make a brighter day So, let’s start giving There’s a choice we’re making We’re saving our own lives It’s true we’ll make a better day … Read more

Subject in sentence with only object pronoun

Let us go is a correct construction in the English language and definitely not: Let we go However, the question is: since us is an object-case pronoun, what is the subject of this sentence? Answer It’s an imperative, and in English the imperative tense only is possible in the second person. So grammatically, the subject … Read more

Could one use “our” and “we” in a formal essay?

I’m finding it hard to replace personal pronouns in a formal essay. My sentence: To illustrate this more carefully, we will take the example of the 58th Presidential Election of the United States and examine the role played by media ethics in the election. How could I change that? Any help! Thanks! 🙂 Answer To … Read more